Rockland Scientific provided an in-person, week-long Turbulence Workshop at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOC Southampton) from November 28 to December 2, 2022. Although we have been providing frequent web-live training events to customers around the globe, this was the first in-person workshop since the pandemic. Participants for this workshop were from the University of Southampton, NOC Liverpool, and NOC Southampton. Members of the Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems (MARS) group work out of NOC Southampton and operate the Autosub Long Range AUV (a.k.a Boaty McBoatface), as well as NOC’s fleet of Ocean Microstructure Gliders (OMG).
The workshop allowed for the introduction of one of Rockland’s newest members, R&D Scientist Dr. Anneke ten Doeschate, who provided instruction on ocean turbulence theory, time series analysis, and processing of turbulence data obtained from autonomous robotic vehicles. Anneke was able to draw on her previous experience with turbulence measurements and air sea interaction research to add to many interesting discussions during the week.
In addition to providing educational content on ocean turbulence theory and data processing, the workshop provided technical instruction on the use of Rockland’s MicroRider instruments and microstructure probes, which are integrated on NOC’s Boaty McBoatface and Slocum Glider OMG’s. Cross-pollinating discussions from Rockland and participants occurred throughout the week and showcased how strong collaborations between research teams and industry can lead to improvements in scientific data collection techniques and technology. Rockland enthusiastically looks forward to our continued work with all the NOC Workshop participants.